Ratha Saptami is one of the biggest festivals observed during Magh month. It is celebrated on Magh Shukla Saptami. In 2019, Ratha Saptami date is February 12.
Ratha Saptami festival is dedicated to Surya bhagwan and the Lord is worshipped for better health and wellbeing. It falls on the second day after Vasant Panchami or Sri Panchami or Madana Panchami.
During Ratha Saptami, women draw rangoli or kolam or muggu in front of their houses to welcome the healthy and pleasant rays of Sun God. The Rangolis are drawn in a chariot shape signifying seven horses of Surya bhagwan. Punya Snan (holy dips) are performed during Ratha Saptami.
Worshipping Surya Bhagavan on Ratha Saptami festival gives us good health and prosperity. Surya Bhagavan is known as the giver of good health as per Hinduism.
Aditya Hrudayam and Surya Ashtottaram are the most revered prayers to chant on Ratha Saptami. In Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and some other places in India, women welcome Surya Bhagavan by drawing Ratham Kolam or Ratham Muggu (rangoli design of Chariot of Sun God).
Ratha Saptami Vrat Katha or the story of Rath Saptami is associated with King Yashovarma, who ruled Kamboj empire.
The timetable of Ardha Brahmotsavam (Ratha saptami celebrations) in Tirumala Tirupati temple is given here for 2019.
You can also read Ratha Saptami stotram prayer.
Ratha Saptami 2019 date in other countries
Ratha Saptami 2019 date in USA & Canda – February 12
Ratha Saptami 2019 date in UK & Europe – February 12
Ratha Saptami 2019 date in UAE & Middle East – February 12
Ratha Saptami 2019 date in Singapore – February 12
Ratha Saptami 2019 date in Malaysia – February 12
Ratha Saptami 2019 date in Australia – February 12
Ratha Saptami 2019 date in New Zealand – February 12
Ratha Saptami 2019 date in Fiji Islands – February 12